Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
Can’t remember exactly why, but this story has been on my mind lately.
Here’s a simple little re-write.
The Princess and the Frog
The frog saw the princess. “How ugly,” he thought.
“Her eyes are not bulging far out, as they ought.
Her skin is so pale. She has hair on her head.”
She bent down to kiss him. It filled him with dread.
But the frog, he was kind. He stayed very still.
“She can kiss me, I guess, if it gives her a thrill.”
He squeezed his eyes shut. He felt their lips meet,
Then he opened his eyes to a vision so sweet.
The princess had vanished, it seemed, with their snog.
In her place stood a beautiful, bulging-eyed frog!
© Stephen Whiteside 19.04.10
I asked my kids if they knew if anybody else had re-written the story along these lines, because I was sure many people must have. My daughter pointed out to me that a film has just been made along these lines! I wasn’t surprised!
Actually, I did a bit of research on the story, and found some interesting information. Apparently the idea of the princess kissing the frog is very recent. In a very old version of the story, the princess threw the frog against a wall! Then the frog just spent the night on the princess’s pillow. (I think I remember hearing this version as a child.) What will come next, I wonder? I hate to think!